When getting recruited, what were you looking for from a program?
I was looking for a school that met my academic, social, and athletic criteria. I had to ignore how pretty the campus was and/or where the school was located because these things were not as important to me. If I was able to get into a school that offered challenging courses in the area I wanted to focus on, had a group of guys on the team I could see myself spending four years with, and a place where I could excel on the baseball field, that was more than enough.
I wanted a place where upon graduation I would have a degree and baseball career that I was proud of. If that meant going to school in upstateNew Yorkin the snow belt, and going to study halls in between classes and practice, then I was willing to make that sacrifice. I think too often future student-athletes get caught up in going to a “big name” school and worrying too much about what the locker room looks like. It is not to say there aren’t important, but I think most players find that the baseball aspect and circle of friends you find on the team far outweigh in importance the extraneous factors that movies love to play up.